Examples of necropolis in a Sentence
Archaeologists uncovered a necropolis of ancient Rome.
an ancient necropolis that has given archaeologists valuable insights into how people once lived and died
Recent Examples of necropolis from the Web
In 2017, the ministry found a necropolis holding at least 17 mummies in the area of Tuna al-Gabal. a vast archaeological site on the edge of the western desert.
Al-Waziri believes Hetpet had another tomb in Giza’s western necropolis and said that excavation work is underway to find that one too.
The tomb was found in a wider area of Giza’s western necropolis, which is known to be home to tombs from the Old Kingdom.
The Ministry of Antiquities said the tombs, located in the Draa Abul Naga necropolis on Luxor’s west bank, had been noted in the 1990s, but were either unexcavated or had never been entered.
Back in 2012, an Egyptian-Czech archaeological team discovered initial evidence of a temple in the Abusir necropolis southwest of the country's capital.
Last June, Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, one of Europe’s only known neolithic necropolises, closed for a series of improvements to its environmental management system.
The city is a dusty time capsule—a necropolis of broken glass, rotting furniture, and peeling paint.
In April, a team of Egyptian archaeologists discovered a separate tomb in the same necropolis containing several mummies, 10 wooden sarcophagi, and more than a thousand funerary statues.
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With its -polis ending, meaning "city", a necropolis is a "city of the dead". Most of the famous necropolises of Egypt line the Nile River across from their cities. In ancient Greece and Rome, a necropolis would often line the road leading out of a city; in the 1940s a great Roman necropolis was discovered under the Vatican's St. Peter's Basilica. Some more recent cemeteries especially deserve the name necropolis because they resemble cities of aboveground tombs, a necessity in low-lying areas such as New Orleans where a high water table prevents underground burial.
Origin and Etymology of necropolis
First Known Use: 1819See Words from the same year
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Definition of necropolis for English Language Learners
: a large cemetery especially of an ancient city
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